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In Search of Authentic.....Success!! 
Feb. 18, 2013 5:32 am 
Updated: Feb. 27, 2013 2:51 am
Yesterday we got together with our Mexican friends and celebrated Marisela's birthday! She's the mom and I don't know how old she is - she's one of those women who won't reveal her age. I asked and received as many answers as she has family members;  Marisela - 15 (not quite); Federico( her husband) - 21 (pretty sure not correct); Oldest child (who is 10) - 32 (possibly); Middle child (7 yrs. old) - 29 (could be, but they told him I was 29 on my birthday and after he FINALLY agreed I couldn't be 90 he almost believed that one); and finally the youngest child (who is 5) - 30.  Federico invited us (and Kristal and Jake) to go along with them to the Hibachi Japan for a birthday dinner celebration.  It's always a blast to go there with them - the kids love to watch the chef cook our food.  The food is good, too, which makes it even more fun.

I told Federico that after dinner they could all come to my house and we'd have cake.  I knew her favorite cake was Tres Leches.  Tres Leches is a Mexican cake that is a yellow cake drenched in three kinds of milk and frosted with whipped cream and topped with fruit.  I have had it before and it is good.   I spent over a week looking for that perfect recipe.  I even consulted all the great cooks here on AllRecipes.  When the same recipe that I was looking at was recommended to me twice I decided that would be the one.  It just sounded authentic to me.  The three milks called for included goat's milk and the milks were combined together and cooked on the stove-top before drenching the cake with them.  I read somewhere that this cake is best when made at least 24 hours ahead of time so that the milk has time to really soak in. 

Saturday morning I got up and got to work.  There were going to be 9 of us, maybe 11 if Marisela's two sisters decided to come along.  The cake was to be made in a springform pan and I decided that one would NOT be enough cake.  I sent Jon off to the store to buy another can of evaporated goat milk and heavy whipping cream.  As I stood in the kitchen showing him the containers and stressing (over and over) to buy these exact same things he pulls out his phone and takes a picture.  Ingenious!  I'll never send him to the store for one thing and get another again!  Well.... at least in theory that should happen now that he can compare product with his picture in the phone.

As I made these two cakes I was stressing.  I really wanted to make her authentic tres leches cake.  They smelled delicious and looked great.  I could hardly wait for Sunday evening.

Sunday morning arrived.  Jon suggested we eat a nice brunch and skip lunch since we were eating dinner at 4:30.  Sounded like a plan to me.  Especially since he volunteered to make the brunch.  I discovered a great recipe for creamy Hollandaise sauce on this site and I set to work making that while he whipped up some Eggs Benedict.  While he was at the store getting the second batch of ingredients for cake for me, he bought a bottle of Bare Foot Bubbly Brut Cuvee champagne as it was on sale.  Mimosas were the brunch drink of choice! 

Our dinner out was as much fun as anticipated and everyone came back to our house.  We built a fire in the fireplace and spent some time together laughing and talking.  We put 15 candles on the cake since that's how old Marisela claimed she was and we all sang to her.  Federico and Marisela took one bite of the cake and proclaimed it "Delicious!"  and "Very good!"  It was truly authentic tasting - Success for Me! They each ate two pieces and their kids scarfed their servings down like the rest of us did.  I wrapped up the remaining cake and sent it home with them.  I wonder what they had for breakfast this morning??!
Sunday morning brunch
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Tres Leches Cake
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Feb. 18, 2013 6:11 am
Hello, Mother Ann! I would certainly appreciate all the thought and planning you did to make this wonderful Tres Leches Cake if it were for me. However, the best part is sharing the dessert with friends!
Feb. 18, 2013 6:48 am
Don't you just love it "when a plan comes together?" It sounds like you homework paid off, and so did the fact that you have love in your heart for people! Having people over for a meal or dessert is one of the greatest things we can do as humans. Hospitality rules! :)
Feb. 18, 2013 6:58 am
Lela - Marisela was so happy to see that cake and she knew how much work I had put into it. Her smile and numerous "thank you's" were so worth my effort! Her and her husband were astonished and pleased that I was sending all the left-overs home with them. While I loved that cake, I can make more - plus I had plans to make a cherry pie today for President's Day. How many desserts can two people eat?? ;)
Feb. 18, 2013 7:00 am
Doc - when any plan of mine comes together - it is a Major SUCCESS! Often times when I plan, I plan too hard and then I'm disappointed in the results. Not this time, however. Feeding people is one of my favorite past-times.
Feb. 18, 2013 7:53 am
Mother Ann glad all worked out for you.Your cake is beautiful.Your friend is very lucky.
Feb. 18, 2013 12:02 pm
That cake is almost too pretty to cut. You really have adopted them and it sounds like they appreciate it. Nice job all around.
Feb. 18, 2013 3:31 pm
Manella and BSM: Thank you! I'm not sure who has adopted who in this relationship. haha!
Feb. 19, 2013 4:47 am
Beautiful cake! How thoughtful of you to make her favorite cake for her birthday. Your brunch sounds so good! Recently for the first time I made a hollandaise sauce. I have all these fresh eggs now, that I thought why not. Loved it! It's funny you should mention Jon taking out his phone to photo what he needed from the store, my son does that. How smart of both of them to think of that!
Feb. 19, 2013 2:05 pm
Cat - I really miss fresh eggs. When my kids were home, we had 6 beautiful barred rock hens that kept us and our 2 neighbors in plenty of eggs. Our boys are pretty smart, huh?!
Dorothy Clark 
Feb. 19, 2013 4:02 pm
Can you share the recipe for the cake? It looks divine!
Feb. 19, 2013 4:55 pm
Dorothy, here is a link to the recipe:
Feb. 21, 2013 4:19 am
It seems your friends are enjoying your willingness to spoil their children! Kinda makes me wish I was one of them. Maybe, if I start emphasizing the "mother" in Mother Ann?
Feb. 22, 2013 3:04 am
It isn't tough to spoil great kids! I bet I could manage to spoil you a bit as well! ;)
Feb. 22, 2013 8:41 am
Thank hyou, MOTHER Ann!
Feb. 26, 2013 10:10 am
Hi Mother Ann! I am happy your friend loved her cake =) And that everything went good! Your cake looks delicious. Sometime you should try the chocolate tres leches cake on here is also looks yummy!
Feb. 27, 2013 2:51 am
I love anything chocolate. I'll have to give it a try sometime!
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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